Even though the number of first associate degrees and certificates earned each year by community college students has increased between 2010-11 and 2013-14, they represent a decreasing percent of all earned credentials.
Louisiana Community and Technical College System President Dr. Monty Sullivan says they've graduated over 21,000 students, who have entered the workforce or moved on to universities to pursue bachelor's degrees.
Colson Tankersley didn't know he had taken enough Spanish classes at Austin Community College to qualify for an associate degree until he had transferred to the University of Texas at Austin and nearly finished a bachelor's degree in advertising.
To add to the completion conversation, Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) data over time shows the percentage of students who marked “certificate program” or “associate degree” as their primary reason for attending college.
A nationwide initiative is asking college students to put their signature where their mouth is when it comes to graduation. At Ivy Tech Community College, dozens of students pledged their commitment to graduate.
Initiatives implemented as part of East Central Community College’s 2020 Vision strategic planning process have resulted in the largest graduating class in the two-year college’s history and dramatic one-year increases in the percentage of student
Since 2011, Phi Theta Kappa has led a nationwide, campus-based effort to increase student success by informing students about the benefits of completing a credential/degree and the consequences of not completing one.
The Phi Theta Kappa chapter at Dabney S Lancaster Community College recently sponsored a mass signing of a pledge for students to promise to complete their associate degrees or certificates before leaving community college for transfer or to enter
Community colleges nationally and in New Jersey have begun a movement to improve completion rates by developing programs to help students finish on time and raising awareness of the benefits of getting their associate degree in a timely manner.